Today Little Scottie said:
You have a poll in the paper today — in Mr. Fletcher’s paper today — that points out that 73 percent of the people recognize that Social Security is either in crisis or faces major problems.
Scottie was talking about this question and its various responses from the latest WaPo poll.
Which of the following statements comes closest to your own view of the Social Security Program?
The program is in crisis: 27%
The program has major problems, but it is not in crisis: 46%
The program has minor problems: 22%
The program has no problems: 4%
Don’t know: 1%
So when Scottie says, “73 percent of the people recognize that Social Security is either in crisis or faces major problems,” he is technically correct.
But it would also be correct to say that, despite numerous presidential assertions to the contrary, 73% of the people recognize that Social Security does not face a crisis.
UPDATE: Anonymous points out that I am a dope and Scottie is indeed a liar.
27% of those polled think the program “is in crisis.” 46% think there are “major problems, but not a crisis.”
The two categories are mutually exclusive. One is crisis, one is something other than crisis.